Why is everyone wearing green at Prince Philip's memorial? The sweet significance behind the Queen, Duchess Camilla and Princess Anne's outfits

Senior royals have honored the late Duke of Edinburgh with special outfits at his Westminster Abbey memorial ceremony in London today

Why is everyone wearing green at Prince Philip's memorial?
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Senior female royals wore green to the Duke of Edinburgh's memorial service this morning, as part of a special tribute to the late prince's legacy. 

The Queen has arrived at Prince Philip's memorial ceremony in London this morning to pay respects to her late husband, nearly one year on from his death. 

The Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99 in Windsor Castle last April, is to be honored with a special Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey. The invite-only event is being attended by up to 1800 guests and is expected to last just 45 minutes. 

Dressed in a forest green dress and a matching brimmed hat, the Queen was accompanied by her son, Prince Andrew, as she entered the historic church from a side passage. 

The nature-themed color, which was also worn by Duchess Camilla and Princess Anne, was likely a subtle nod to Prince Philip's military service in the Royal Navy. 


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Princess Anne

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Duchess Camilla

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also arrived with their two eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, in tow. Kate paired a polka dot black dress with a wide-brimmed black hat for the occasion, while Prince William wore a simple morning suit. 

The Duke is also joined by his cousins, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, along with their respective husbands, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank. Prince Charles, the Queen's eldest son, is also present. 


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Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex have also come to the service with their two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn. Prince Harry and Meghan, who stepped back as senior royals in January 2020 and moved to the US, Markle will not be present. 

The Queen's attendance at the event was confirmed by Buckingham Palace this morning, after weeks of speculation over her ability to go. Her Majesty has suffered a bout of physical issues in recent months, with leg stiffness reportedly the latest ailment to strike the 95-year-old. She also caught COVID-19 in February, just a few months after she was hospitalized overnight for 'preliminary investigations'. 

It's understood that the Queen has had a wheelchair-friendly lift fitted at Balmoral Castle and is now using a golf buggy to help her move around the grounds at Windsor Castle. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.